I discovered this 30 Day challenge on Pinterest a while ago, and since it’s Halloween and the Harry Potter world is definitely a great series for this time of year, I thought it would be fun to do for Spooktober. Originally, I was thinking of doing daily posts to it like I did last month for my 30 Day Reading Challenge, but it’s easier for me to throw it all into one (or two) post. So here we go!
1. Favorite Book
The Chamber of Secrets
The first book seems like a popular favorite for everyone and while I loved the first book, there are two reasons I like the second book better. First, it shows more hints of the darker tone the permeates the rest of the series. Second, the first book is more about discovering the world, whereas this one focuses a bit more on the plot, mythos, and maturing of the characters.
2. Favorite Character
She’s just so honest and she’s just as eccentric as I am. I totally relate to her!
3. Favorite Hogwarts Student during Harry’s time (no repeats for any questions)
He’s just so fabulous!
4. Favorite Order of the Phoenix Member
I really liked his character, especially in the third book (in the other books he wasn’t really a main character), and to me he felt like more of a father figure to Harry than Sirius was.
5. Favorite Villain
To me, Voldemort was not half a compelling villain as Bellatrix. She was insane, but she was also an extreme sociopath. Such a fascinating character!
6. Favorite Professor
From her first appearance in the prologue of the first book, I have loved her character. I’d take her as my teacher any day. She is the perfect combination of kind and stern.
7. Favorite Minor Character
Nearly Headless Nick
I loved Nick in the first book and I think he’s mentioned a couple times in other books (like at a party later on), but he seems totally disregarded for most of the series. But I love him!
8. Most Underrated Character
This lady has visions of the future! When she was introduced in book 3, I really felt she was going to become an important character later on because of her immense magical potential. And yet she’s really forgotten after book 5 when Umbridge fires her.
9. Favorite Ship
I avoid shipping anyone. I could say, I like Harry and Hermione’s relationship, but I don’t want them in a romantic relationship. I could say I would have liked Severus Snape to find love. But I tend not to do any ships.
10. Favorite Spell
I picked this spell because it seems the most practical spell. You lost your phone. No problem, just summon it with Accio. You locked yourself out of your car with the keys inside. No problem, just summon it with Accio. You are too lazy to walk across the room to get the TV remote…you get my point. It’s super useful!
11. Favorite Magical Creature
Many of the creatures in the Harry Potter world are very similar. However, dementors really stand out to me for their uniqueness. I mean, they literally feed on memories and goodness of humanity. They are like a personification of depression and unhappiness. Truly fascinating creatures!
12. Top Five Quotes From the Books
There are so many great, memorable quotes from Harry Potter, so it’s hard to choose just five!
- “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.”
- “It was not, after all, so easy to die.”
- “You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
- “Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.”
- “Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” —Luna Lovegood
13. What House Would You Be In?
I’ve taken several tests, but I hear Pottermore is supposed to be the most accurate, so I’m going with my results from that test. I also have a lot in common with Slytherin and a little with Gryffindor. I’m just totally not Hufflepuff!
14. How did you first get into Harry Potter?
Because my family is obsessed with fantasy. I grew up with both my parents reading the genre, so it seemed normal when this series became popular (and my mother became convinced that it was pure fantasy and would not indoctrinate children into demonic rituals in the real world) for me to read it. I think I started getting into the series right before the third movie was released, so about 2004 when I was around ten.
15. What’s one thing you would change about the plot?
The one thing I would change was to not kill so many characters in the final battle of the final book. I don’t mind when one character is killed and it impacts the plot (like when Dumbledore dies or Sirius dies), but killing off so many characters at once just didn’t feel very emotional. The reader doesn’t even have a chance to grieve for any of them before the book is ending, and their deaths add nothing to the story.
Since this post is getting super long, I decided to split it into two parts. The next part will be coming out on Monday. What are your answers to these questions? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,